January 18th, 2010
03:02 PM ET
4 years ago

New poll lows for Nelson after health care vote

A new poll puts support for Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson below 50 percent in his home state.
A new poll puts support for Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson below 50 percent in his home state.

(CNN) – Sen. Ben Nelson's support in his home state of Nebraska has dipped below 50 percent, according to a new poll which finds a majority of voters there disapprove of the Democratic health care bill the two-term senator supports.

According to a new poll conducted by the Omaha World-Herald, Nelson's job approval rating now stands at 42 percent with a 48 percent disapproval rating. Forty-four percent of those polled also said Nelson's support for the health care reform bill would hurt his chances at re-election 2012 should he decide to run.

Nelson was the last Senate Democrat to sign on to his party's health care bill, and has since been criticized for only agreeing to the bill after winning special concessions from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The poll found that more than 60 percent of Nebraskans questioned oppose the Senate health care bill.

A majority said they opposed Nelson's vote in favor of the bill, while about 1 in 3 approved of it. Three-quarters of the GOP voters surveyed - but only 22 percent of Democrats - opposed the senator's vote.

Nelson, who served as governor of Nebraska from 1991-1999, has long been a popular figure in the state. He was re-elected in 2006 to his second Senate term with 64 percent of the vote.

The same poll out Monday shows fellow Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns, a Republican who voted against the health care measure, with a 63 percent approval rating.

The poll surveyed 500 registered voters in Nebraska between Jan. 8-12. It has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.


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  1. dan smith

    To Randall in Torrance, apparantely those two Masters Degrees didn't do you much good. It wasn't Bush who wrecked the economy,it was the Democrats in Congress. Barney Frank,Chris Dodd, Nancy Pelosi,Harry Reid, and Barack Obama are the ones that let Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac give out loans to people who couldn't possibly pay the loans back. Get your facts straight next time.

    January 18, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. anthony caudill

    I don't think they even know anything about it.

    Shame on CNN for suppressing the voices of CNN editors who are taking a more even handed tack towards this bill and the push for universal care.

    January 18, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. WrongKindofChange

    Maybe it's time that Nelson and the other democrats realize they represent the people of the state that elected them...not Obama and his socialist agenda.

    January 18, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Observant

    Th rest of the Democrats and Republicans whom voted for the Healthcare Reform should tke heed. I was a life-long Democrat, just recently switched to Independent and i along with a majority of relatives and friends 'DO NOT SUPPORT THE CURRENT HEALTH CARE REFORM"...We will not be voting for any candidate that supports taxing us to the death and focusing on healthcare when we don't have jobs.

    January 18, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. dan smith

    Obama, and pals caused the current economic meltdown by giving out loans to people that couldn't pay it back, now they want control of our healthcare system, NO THANKS.

    January 18, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. J.P.

    2010 is going to be an electoral bloodbath for anyone who voted for the illegal and unconstitutional governmental annexation of nearly 20 percent of the U.S. economy.

    Nelson, buddy, pack your bags and buy your airfare back to Nebraska now and beat the rush in November.

    Brown's historic win in Mass tomorrow will mark the end of the socialists' "change." Jimmy Carter v2.0 becomes a lame duck tomorrow.

    January 18, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. Janalee

    I give credit and special thanks for the people of Nebraska for standing up for their moral values. Nelson is an embarassment to these good folks who don't want any special treatment nor do they want this obama care bill. Thank you Cornhuskers!!

    January 18, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Craig

    Just because the cuase is NOBLE does not mean the solution is automatically a good thing.

    How many businesses or jobs have been lost due to higher costs thrust upon them government good intentions? Thousands of Businesses and MILLIONS of jobs.

    We all want a better system just not this monster being peddled in Washington.

    January 18, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. wait a minute

    We are proud of Nebraska again. We should stand as one nation, not as fragmented states elbowing one another for a larger piece of the pie. We should trim our health care costs.

    Let's adopt Universal Health Care and make everyone pay for their premiums according to their incomes. If you earn nothing, you pay nothing. Each individual is insured individually from birth to death. It can be run by a government single agency or by private entities, but all under the same rules to expose who and what is causing wastes fast. No profit is allowed for basic policies. Any surplus has to be returned to subscribers as reduced premiums next year.

    Let's get rid of employment-based as well as family-based health insurance. Employment-based insurance is wasteful when neither employers nor employees think they are paying the high premiums. The winners are the insurance-medical industrial complex. We cannot afford such wasteful spending any more.

    January 18, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Pittsburgh voter

    Hello – Washington – the majority of Americans don't want the health care bill. You REALLY need to start listening.

    January 18, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. John D.

    How's that treating you Benny. I've got and idea, maybe Obozo can come to Nebraska and help you there like he helped in Virginia, New Jersey and MASSACHUSETTS.

    I hope the run you out of town on a rail. TRAITOR!

    January 18, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. T'SAH from Virginia

    The Democrats not only have the REPUKES against them – which is a VERY small crowd if you really county the TEA-PARTIERS and other far right RepubliCAN'Ts making it their daily routine to PUT DOWN our president in an attempt to MAKE HIM FAIL –

    YOU also have the Democrats that are NOT pleased with the way the democrats handled the health care bill in the first place – going against what was promised in the campaigned – JUST to please the Party of NO – who still ARE NOT with the plan!!

    What I want to know is – WHAT IS THE REPUBLICAN'TS PROMISING IN THE WAY OF HEALTH CARE??????????????????????? More of the SAME!!!

    January 18, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. TexasJack

    Vote all Democrats out and especially incumberants of either party. People of America let's take our country back.

    January 18, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Denise, Boardman, Ohio

    I find it to be so funny that over half of the idiots that oppose the HCB will probably end up needing it in the long run...I am one of the few middle class Americans who already have "decent" healthcare which is provided through my employer, but I know many people who WORK that cannot afford healthcare...Sen Nelson's voters are the people who are "YELLING" the loudest against healthcare reform. These are the main folks who "claim" to be good old Jesus loving Christians...makes me glad that I know Jesus personally, and not just because I call myself a Christian...what a bunch of religious jokers...

    January 18, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Dyan, Minnesota

    What pollsters fail to ask is how many of the people who disappove because the bill doesn't go far enough? There is this assumption in the media and with polls that people say they disapprove because they don't like the "liberal" nature of the bill. But in fact, many disapprove because they feel the bill is nothing but a sell out to corporate interests and because we want the public option.

    I disapprove of the bill. And if asked I will say that I disapprove of any Minnesota senator or representative who votes for it. BUT I'm disapproving because they caved to corporate interests and because the final bill isn't nearly progressive enough.

    January 18, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Keith Calhoun

    I cant believe there are so many skinheads in the GOP. I used to support the GOP, now that Palin and Limbaugh and pinhead Beck are running the GOP the old party is selling out to extremests and hate mongers. Call somebody in Canada and ask them if they like their health care . I do business with a few Canadians and they are making fun of their Republican neighbors. I thought we threw out the party that took away our rights and committed war crimes , pretty soon the far right will have their spies out ratting on people for not going to church . The new GOP is the American Taliban. I spent 20 years in the reserves to preserve the rights of free speech , but ya just cant fix stupid . As for liars , where is Phil Graham the creator of the Wall St. collapse. Geee I think he is a Republican .

    January 18, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Debby

    He had his chance to vote against, but I bet strong armed by his party. This is where it got him and he deserves these ratings by not following what he believes.

    January 18, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. agro21

    More times than not–when ya sell your soul to the devil, right will in fact triumph!!!

    January 18, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Dave

    Mass., Nebraska,
    Dodd and otheres FLEEING....

    It is evident
    THE PEOPLE DO NOT WANT THE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE!!

    2010 Vote them all out.

    January 18, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. Albo58

    Nelson = spineless, political Judas!

    January 18, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. jimtranr in OR

    What's missing in this story–and in a number of others citing health reform bill poll results–is why prospective voters don't support the Senate bill. We know some of the opposition stems from a reflexive distaste of any proposal that appears to be a government-mandated reform of the system. Some of the opposition, however, may well stem from the disappointment of those who'd like to see a more robust bill (e.g., inclusion of a public option, repeal of the anti-trust exemption) than what the Senate passed. So the numbers that have been published don't in my view reflect the mood of the electorate as neatly as some would like to portray it.

    January 18, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. JD

    Nobody respects a sellout or a traitor, Nelson. And when you betray pro-life principles for political bribery, everyone knows that there's no stance for which you don't have a price.

    Enjoy your pending unemployment, Nelson. You earned it.

    January 18, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. John

    These polls are a joke, they can be made to imply anything. If the people had been asked whether they approved of the House plan which favors the people instead of the insurance industry they would have answered in the affirmative. Nelson brought on his problems himself by standing with the insurance industry instead of the people in his state.

    January 18, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. BOB

    No one gets to walk between the rain." (Quote from Bob Seger); Randall in Torrance, CA (with two Master's Degrees from WWU) - LOL wwu the most liberal junior college in the nation. The number one class offered is "HOW TO WORK FROM HOME AND GET A FREE WELFARE CHECK". Where does it say in our constitution that anyone is guaranteed an insurance policy. Isnt that something you work for. Oh wait the libs think if they tax everyone else they can slumber through life without working up a sweat.

    January 18, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Greg in MO

    What if someone forced you to pay a few hundred dollars a year Anna, would you still be happy to do it.

    You and others have listened to politicians turn this into a moral issue while they hide the fact that they will be taking from others that may not want to pay for someone else's health care. What they are doing is morally wrong by removing liberty. That is the same as someone being mugged. We the people are being mugged by these people and they are convincing those like yourself that it is morally justified.

    Do you really want to help provide health care to those who need it? You can now by donating to the thousands of private charitable organizations that provide that service. Here's what many people need to understand – we don't need the government to do it for us.
    By doing it yourself, you would be providing a charitable act – not having the money robbed from you.

    January 18, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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